Casa Manalou /Villa Encantamar are centrally located close to attractions in Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Cancun. It is at the gateway to the Mayan Rivera a corridor between Cancun and Tulum full with tourist attractions. The local area has Mayan archeological ruins, fresh water lagoons, dolphins to swim with, secluded beaches and parks, crystal clear water for swimming, fishing and water sports, horseback riding, Cancun and Playa del Carmen nightlife, outstanding golf courses, great star gazing, caves to explore and much more. For information on area activities and vacation tips click here .
Walking from Casa Manalou / Villa Encantamar you can walk the beach for miles in either direction. To the right a nice walk is to walk into the town of Puerto Morelos, have a drink or something to eat at one of the many restaurants and then to walk back. Wearing a hat, particularly in the midday sun is recommended.
From Casa Manalou / Villa Encantamar going left you can walk around the peninsula to an area with hundreds of sea shells (the story is that they were washed up during a storm). If you continue to walk you will come upon a large scuba diving outfit, an Italian Resort and then a Canadian resort where you might want to stop for a bite or a drink before walking back.
You can go snorkeling on your own right in front of Casa Manalou / Villa Encantamar the reef is about 200 yards offshore making an easy swim. However unless you are experienced with the reef we suggest that you go out with one of the tours with experienced guides in the town of Puerto Morelos. You can take a two-hour snorkeling tour of the Palancar reef for around $25 USD. There are several snorkel/dive shops located in Puerto Morelos. Well worth the experience. For additional information click here. Deep-sea fishing and boat charters are also available in Puerto Morelos.
There are several dive shops in Puerto Morelos click here for some information. For additional information on diving in the area click here.
There are several options for horseback riding nearby. One is within a 15 minute drive. The costs vary as to what all you sign up forů.an estimate is around $40USD for a ride. There are rides into the jungle as well as on the beach. Another trip goes only into the jungle, includes lunch and a swim in a connote (fresh water spring) and costs $75USD per person for half day. There is no place to rent horses and ride by oneself. You can sign up for trips at the travel agency in Puerto Morelos.
There are sport fishing boats for hire which run about $150USD per day for up to 4 fisherman. In Puerto Morelos, you may hire a boat with its captain to take you out fishing. The cost for this runs about $150USD and the boats can generally handle 4 fishermen. These are small (25 foot) boats that are used by the local fishermen. The prime time for fishing is mid March thru August. An annual Sport Fishing tournament is held in May each year that attracts fisherman from around the world. The catches include dorado (mahi mahi), tuna, blue marlin, sail fish, barracuda, wahoo, and other edible fish.
There are kayaks available to rent in town. These are designed more for inside the reef as they are not ocean kayaks. They rent for about $5 per hour.
Other area attractions
Nature theme parks of Xcaret, Xel-Ha and Tres Rios are but a short 40 minute drive. Activities include snorkeling in caves and lagoons, diving, reef views, dolphin shows, jungle hikes and horseback riding. At Aktun-Chen, near Akumal has natural underground cave formations that make for a fascinating tour. The limestone terrain makes up the Yucatan Peninsula and over millions of years erosion has taken place giving way to hundreds of cenotes; natural sinkholes in the limestone crust which reveal the subterranean waters that flow beneath the region.
The Mayan ruins at Tulum, Coba and Chichen Itza are well worth seeing. You should schedule a day for each of these. Tulum is approximately an hour south and is a spectacular site which was a large ceremonial site. Coba the oldest of the Mayan ruins dates back to 600 AD and was once the home of some 60,000 inhabitants. The ruins are spread over 50 sq. km and includes the tallest pyramid of Mayan construction on the Yucatan Peninsula. Chichen Itza is a very popular site that has undergone major restoration. The area is comprised of ruins of two ancient cultures, the Mayans and the Toltecs.